Today 07 December
Outgoing Czech Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok said he was hoping to shun the funeral of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela next week, in comments he didn't realise were being recorded and that went viral on Saturday. Talking to Defence Minister Vlastimil Picek, his neighbour in parliament on Friday, Rusnok said "I hope the president will go instead. The private chat was captured by parliament microphones, then broadcast by the public Czech Television at night before going viral on the web Saturday. He added he hoped President Milos Zeman would go to the funeral, but the Czech Republic's first-ever directly elected 69-year-old head of state is recovering from a knee injury and his participation is doubtful.
PRAGUE (AP) — Many world leaders have said they wouldn't miss Nelson Mandela's funeral for anything, but Czech Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok isn't among them.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A silver and blue plaque with the words "Mandela's Place" mounted on the brick wall of a small, dilapidated row house is the only recognition of the world-famous statesman who lived there when he was in his early 20s: Nelson Mandela.
Port Elizabeth (South Africa) (AFP) - Hosts South Africa went undefeated on the first day of the IRB's Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens on Saturday, but England failed to make the cut for the Cup quarter-finals. Also ending day one with a 100 percent record were current series leaders New Zealand, Argentina and Fiji. The day started in emotional style, all 16 teams joining together on the pitch for the playing of the South Africa national anthem followed by a minute's silence to honour former president Nelson Mandela. The Blitzbokke rose to the occasion and impressively beat Canada, Spain and former coach Paul Treu's Kenya to set up a quarter-final against Portugal.
By Ed Cropley and Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Sports-mad South Africa saluted Nelson Mandela on Saturday with smiles and moments of silence in honour of the late anti-apartheid leader, who inspired people to pursue the impossible from politics to the playing field. The tributes stretched across the sporting spectrum, from club cricket and fun runs to top fixtures such as a League Cup final between Platinum Stars and Orlando Pirates, the Soweto giants believed to have been Mandela's favourite soccer side. In their first comments since his death on Thursday evening, Mandela's family thanked South Africa and the wider world for their support. Saturday's Cup final before a 40,000 crowd in the northeast city of Nelspruit was preceded by a moment of silence in honour of South Africa's first black president, whose early sporting prowess, particularly in boxing and soccer, was cut short when he was jailed for 27 years by the apartheid government.
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